Gay-linn Elizabeth Gatewood-Jasho
Gay-linn Elizabeth Gatewood-Jasho . is Senior Director of Alumni Relations. She has led the office since 2008. In this capacity, she is the alumni’s ambassador to Clark Atlanta University. She focuses on the institution's ongoing support and engagement with the multi-generational CAU alumni community. Gay-linn coordinates class reunions, produces alumni communications, and ensures that alums enjoy the life long benefits of the CAU experience. She advises student organizations and each year she coordinates the Office of Alumni Relation’s signature event “From Paws to Claws,” the four major rites of passage that mark a student’s evolution from first-year to alumni status. Gay-linn also works with the Clark Atlanta University Alumni Association (CAUAA, Inc.), the CAU Guild, and its community partners beyond the campus particularly, The United Methodist Church. ln short, Gay-linn describes her work as “friend-raising” rather than “fund-raising.”
An alumna herself, Gay-linn knows first-hand the value of a life long CAU connection. She is a graduate of Clark College (B.A., Mass Communications ‘81) and a graduate of the Clark Atlanta University School of Education (M.A., Counseling and Human Development ‘94).
A United Methodist diaconal minister, Gay-linn served as Visiting Lecturer at the All Africa Conference of Churches in Nairobi, Kenya prior to serving at Clark Atlanta University. Shortly after returning to the United States, she joined the Office of Alumni Relations at Clark College as a project coordinator and database manager. Soon after, she went on to serve as Director of Disability Services and Community Service before returning to the Office of Alumni Relations as its Director.
Gay-linn is a third-generation United Methodist and acts as a liaison between the institution and the denomination. She loves her CAU family and works every day to ensure that the CAU experience meets each student at orientation and extends from one generation to the next.